Driving Licence in Maharashtra

A driving licence is an integral part of life nowadays. Being able to drive puts you in charge, allowing you the freedom to go wherever you wish to. It is a useful skill no matter what age or where you live, and it comes with a number of benefits. Driving would get you to work faster with a more direct route than a bus or other forms of public transport. It also serves as a valid proof of identity and age, and is accepted universally.

The government regulates individuals who drive through issuance of driving licences. The driving licence permits you to drive or ride a vehicle based on your meeting the basic criteria laid down when it comes to driving.

Different states have different rules regarding driving licences and their issue. The rules and laws governing driving licences in Maharashtra are given in detail below.

Types of Driving Licences in Maharashtra

Applicants who wish to make a driving licence application in Maharashtra can choose the type of vehicle they wish to apply for. The state of Maharashtra offers driving licence for a number of vehicle types, as given below:

Transport Vehicles- this licence is applicable to those who drive commercial and goods vehicles, with a further classification mentioned below:

Light Motor Vehicle (Passenger) - this category includes taxis, auto rickshaws, delivery vans, jeeps etc.

Medium Goods Vehicle- This category includes vehicles such as tempos, delivery trucks which are used for the transport of goods.

Medium Passenger Vehicle- This category includes vehicles like minivans, tempos for passengers, larger commercial vehicles.

Heavy Goods Vehicle- This category includes vehicles such as trucks and large vans, meant to transport goods.

Heavy Passenger Motor Vehicle- This category includes vehicles such as buses used for commercial passenger transport.

Road Roller

Non-Transport Vehicles- this licence is applicable to applicants who drive private vehicles, with further classification as mentioned below:

Motorcycle with gear- this includes vehicles such as scooters, mopeds.

Motorcycle with gear- this category includes all gear motorcycles.

Light motor vehicle- this category includes small private cars (sedans, hatchbacks etc)

Motor vehicles- this option is to be selected if the vehicle you are applying for a licence for does not feature in the list mentioned above. You will have to provide a description of the vehicle.

The categories mentioned above are broad classifications. The state has further classifications under certain categories, as in the case of motorcycles, which are classified based on the cubic capacity of the particular bike.

How to Apply for a Driving Licence in Maharashtra

Those applying for a driving licence in Maharashtra can now do so from the comfort of their homes as well, with the Regional Transport Authority (RTO) in the state introducing online applications as well.

Now, applicants can choose whether they wish to apply online or visit the RTO for an offline application.

Details regarding both the application processes are given below.

Driving Licence Eligibility in Maharashtra

Before applying, however, the applicant has to ensure he fulfils the following criteria laid down by the Motor Vehicles Act regarding eligibility:

  • Individuals should be above 16 years of age to apply for a two wheeler driving licence and above 18 years of age to apply for a vehicle driving licence.
  • Applicants who wish to apply for a transport vehicle driving licence have to be above 20 years of age.
  • Applicants must have a Learner’s Licence before applying for a permanent driving licence.
  • The permanent Driving Licence has to be applied for after 30 days and within 180 days of the Learner’s Licence being issued.

Offline Driving Licence Application Process in Maharashtra

Individuals can apply for a driving licence offline in Maharashtra by visiting their nearest Regional Transport Office (RTO) and collecting the form for a new driving licence application.

Once you have filled in the form and submitted the required documents, you application will be verified and processed. You will receive an acknowledgement, and will be contacted regarding your eligibility.

Once you have received your eligibility confirmation, you can visit the RTO with your original documents for the driving test.

Your driving test will be conducted on a first come, first served basis.

Online Driving Licence Application Process in Maharashtra

Online applications for driving licence have been introduced in Maharashtra, making it easier for applicants to apply. Now applicants do not need to visit the RTO to collect a form or submit their documents, but can do it wherever they are, at their convenience.

The entire application process is conducted online, and you will receive an acknowledgement or receipt at each stage of the application process.

Additionally, as an applicant you can also schedule an appointment for their driving test. You will be able to bypass the driving test queue and be assured of a driving test schedule in this way.

Application Form:

The procedure for applying for a Driving Licence online in Maharashtra is a simple one, with the details mentioned below:

  • Visit www.sarathi.nic.in, the official website of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
  • Select the “Driving Licence” tab on the homepage, whereupon the form for a new driving licence will be displayed.
  • You can choose to download the form onto your computer and fill in the information requested (such as vehicle details, personal details etc.) at the moment or fill it up at a later time.
  • Once you have filled in all the relevant details, upload the documents required and submit the form. You will have to carry the originals when you visit the RTO for your driving test.
  • You will receive an acknowledgement, an application number and you will receive a notification once your application has been processed.

Booking Appointment for Driving Licence test

Once you have submitted your application form and received a notification regarding your eligibility to take the test, you can book an appointment for the same online.

This enables you to choose a test date and time that is convenient for you, and also ensures your test takes place on the selected date. The procedure for booking an appointment is given below:

  • Visit www.sarathi.nic.in and select the “Appointment for slot booking” option on the homepage.
  • Select the “DL Slot Booking” option from the drop down menus at the top of the page and select the “Slot Booking for Online Applications” option.
  • Fill in the details on the page that opens, such as the online application number.
  • You will be then be able to select a date and time slot for your driving test.
Driving test:

Once the appointment slot has been fixed, you will have to be present at the RTO with your original documents as mentioned in your application form.

If you pass the test successfully, you will be issued with a Driving Licence, which will be sent by post to the address mentioned in the application form.

Documents to be Submitted for Driving Licence Application in Maharashtra

When applying for a driver’s licence in Maharashtra, applicants have to provide certain documents on the basis of which their eligibility is determined. The documents to be submitted are mentioned below:

  • Application Form (Form 4)
  • Learner’s licence (original)
  • Recent passport sized photographs (3 copies)
  • Proof of age document (refer below for document list)
  • Proof of address document (refer below for document list)
  • Driving school certificate (for transport vehicle licences)
  • All documents pertaining to the car being used for the driving test

Proof of Age documents

Applicants can submit any 1 of the below documents as proof of age for their driving licence application:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • School certificate
  • Voter’s identity card
  • Pan Card
  • Other document as prescribed by state government

Proof of address documents

Applicants can submit any 1 of the documents listed below as proof of address for their driving licence application:

  • Passport
  • Voter’s identity card
  • Life insurance policy
  • Ration card
  • Utility bills such as electricity bill,, telephone bill
  • State or Central government issued pay slip

Driving Licence Application Fee

Individuals applying for a driving licence in Maharashtra are required to pay an application fee of Rs. 200 for a computerised chip licence as well as Rs. 50 for the driving test. An ordinary licence would cost Rs. 40.

How to Check Status of Driving Licence in Maharashtra Online

Applicants who wish to check the status of their application can do so by visiting the government website, www.sarathi.nic.in.

On the homepage, click on the “Status of Web Application” option under the National Registry Services column.

You will be asked to enter your Application number, after which your application status will be displayed on the screen.

How to Check Status of Driving Licence in Maharashtra Offline

You can also check your driving licence status offline in Maharashtra by visiting the RTO where you submitted your application.

You will have to provide information such as your Application number, Learner’s Licence number etc.

Driving Test Procedure in Maharashtra

  • Applicants who wish to obtain a driving licence in Maharashtra are required to take a driving test to measure their driving skills and abilities. On the basis of their test, they will be issued a licence.
  • The driving test would be conducted at the nearest RTO under the supervision of a Motor Vehicle Inspector.
  • The applicant is required to report for the driving test with the original documents (age proof, address proof, car documents), which will be verified.
  • Applicants have to possess a Learner’s Licence and a certificate from a driving school (in case of transport vehicle licence applicants).
  • If the applicant is successful, a driving licence will be issued to him, with the licence being sent by post to the address mentioned in the application form.
  • If the applicant is unsuccessful, he can re-take the test within 7 days.

How to Make Corrections in Driving Licence in Maharashtra

Driving licences that have been issued occasionally contain minor errors such as names and addresses being misspelled. As the driving licence also functions as identity proof, it is important that the errors be corrected.

In some cases, an individual may have changed their name after marriage, and this change has to be reflected in the individual’s driving licence as well. The process for making such changes is given below:

Documents required for Corrections in Driving Licence in Maharashtra

The application can be made at the RTO where the licence was issued only. The following documents have to be submitted when applying for a correction in a driver’s licence in Maharashtra:

  • Application form
  • In case of change of name, supporting documents such as marriage certificate, gazette notification have to be attached along with the form.
  • Current driving licence copy

Procedure for Correction in Driving Licence in Maharashtra

  • Once the application form is submitted, an acknowledgement will be provided to the applicant and a temporary licence with the changes will be issued.
  • A fresh driving licence with the changes will be posted to the applicant’s address as listed on the form.

The applicant is required to submit the form in person with the required supporting documents.

In case the changes are to be made at an RTO that did not issue the licence, an NOC (No Objection Certificate) is to be obtained from the RTO that issued the licence.

How to Change Address in Driving Licence in Maharashtra

As a driving licence holder, you may change your address over a period of time. As per law, your driving licence should reflect this change, and it is necessary to make the change on the licence within a period of 7 days from the date you have changed your address.

All individuals who possess valid driving licences are permitted to apply for a change in address, with the documents and procedure detailed below:

Documents Required for Address Change in Driving Licence in Maharashtra

  • Application form
  • Current driving licence copy
  • Changes address proof (ration card, utility bills, passport, etc can be submitted)
  • NOC (No Objection Certificate) from original licence issuing authority
  • Application fee

Procedure for Address Change in Driving Licence in Maharashtra

The applicant is required to be submit the documents in person to the RTO, along with a requisition letter addressed to the Regional Transport Officer and the application fee.

The applicant’s photograph will be taken at the RTO and verified.

A temporary licence will be issued containing the changes address.

The permanent driving licence with the changed address will be posted to the applicant’s address as mentioned on the application form.

How to Renew Driving Licence in Maharashtra

Individuals whose driving licence has expired can apply for a renewal. They have to apply for a renewal within 30 days of the driving licence expiring. The criteria for applying for a renewal of driving licence in Maharashtra is given below:

  • The individual has to personally visit the RTO for the driving licence renewal process.
  • Individuals who have been barred from applying for a driving licence cannot apply.
  • A driving licence that has lapsed over 5 years ago cannot be renewed. The applicant will have to apply for a new licence, including taking the driving test.

Documents to be Submitted for Driving Licence Renewal in Maharashtra

  • Renewal of Driving Licence Application Form (Form 9)
  • Current Driving Licence
  • Physical fitness declaration form (Form 1)
  • Medical Certificate (Form 1-A), if applicable
  • Passport sized photographs (3)
  • Application fee (please visit the RTO for details as to the current application fee)
  • NOC (No Objection Certificate). This is to be submitted in case the renewal is done at an RTO other than the one that issued the expired driving licence.

Procedure for Renewing Driving Licence in Maharashtra

  • The application forms, fee and additional documents have to be submitted by the applicant in person to the RTO where the expired driving licence was issued.
  • The applicant will receive an acknowledgement and a receipt for the application fee.
  • The applicant will receive the renewed driving licence by post to the address as stated on the application form.

How to Apply for Duplicate Driving Licence in Maharashtra

A driving licence is susceptible to wear and tear due to frequent use. It can also be damaged or torn, making it invalid. In the case of chip-based driving licences, if the chip is damaged, the licence becomes invalid and the holder has to apply for a duplicate driving licence.

The licence holder may have also misplaced or lost his driving licence, making it necessary to apply for a duplicate driving licence.

In Maharashtra, the process for applying for a duplicate driving licence is very simple and hassle-free. Following are the conditions under which a duplicate driving licence will be issued in Maharashtra:

  • In case of theft, loss of driving licence, damage to licence.
  • In case of mutilation or torn licence.
  • For chip based driving licences, in case of damage to the chip, making it unreadable.
  • Duplicate licences will NOT be issued to individuals whose licence has been seized or who are barred from applying for a driving licence by the authorities.
  • It will also not be issued to those individuals who already possess a valid driving licence.

Documents Required for Duplicate Driving Licence Application in Maharashtra

The following documents are to be submitted when applying for a duplicate driving licence in Maharashtra:

  • Application form (LLD form)
  • In case of theft, police report or FIR (First Information Report)
  • Driving licence details such as holder’s name, licence number, etc
  • Passport sized photographs

Procedure for Applying for Duplicate Driving licence in Maharashtra

  • Applicant is required to submit the application form and other required documents in person to the RTO that issued the licence.
  • In the event the RTO did not issue the licence, the applicant will have to get an NOC (No Objection Certificate) from the RTO that issue the licence.
  • The applicant is required to submit proof of identity and pay the application fee at the time of submission of the documents.
  • Once the RTO has verified all the information, a duplicate driving licence will be issued to the applicant.

Please note- The duplicate driving licence is to be applied for as soon as the theft or loss of the driving licence is realised. If there is a gap of more than 6 months between the application and the loss/theft, the application will have to be sent to the Headquarters of the Transport Department for approval, resulting a lengthier process.

In the case of licences that are torn or damaged, the duplicate licence is to be applied for as soon as the damage is noted by the licence holder.

How to Apply for International Driving licence in Maharashtra

Individuals holding a valid Indian driving licence who are travelling overseas may desire to drive while abroad. However their Indian licence may not be valid in those countries, necessitating the need to acquire an International Driving Licence.

The International Driving Licence permits Indian citizens with valid Indian driving licences to drive abroad legally. The licence is easy to acquire and can be applied for before the applicant embarks on his/her trip abroad.

The applicant is not required to pass an additional driving test to receive the licence.

Following are the eligibility criteria for applying for an international driving licence in Maharashtra:

  • Applicants have to be above 18 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Applicants have to possess a valid Indian driving licence.
  • Individuals whose licences have been revoked or have been seized cannot apply.
  • Applicants who have driving licences issued in Maharashtra can apply for an international driving licence only. Applicants whose licences were issued in other states are required to change their address to their Maharashtra one before applying.
  • Applicants whose driving licences were issued within 3 months of their application for an international driving licence will have to re-take the driving test.

Documents to be Submitted for International Driving Licence Application in Maharashtra

  • Application form
  • Copy of Indian Driving Licence
  • Copy of Passport and visa
  • Medical certificate (as mentioned in the form)

Procedure for Applying for International Driving Licence in Maharashtra

  • Applicants are required to submit the documents to the RTO in person and pay the application fee (Rs. 500) for the licence.
  • The application will be verified by the RTO, and the licence will be issued based on eligibility.
  • The licence will be posted to the applicant’s address as mentioned on the form.

FAQ’s for Driving Licence in Maharashtra

  1. Is a learner’s licence mandatory when applying for a Driver’s licence?

    Yes, a learner’s licence is necessary when applying for a driver’s licence. When applying for a transport driving licence, a certificate from a motor training school is also mandatory.

  2. What documents do I have to submit pertaining to my car when applying for a driver’s licence in Maharashtra?
  3. When applying for a driver’s licence in Maharashtra, you have to submit the below documents relating to your car:

    • Registration certificate
    • Car insurance proof
    • Fitness certificate (in case of transport vehicles)
    • Tax payment proof
  4. What documents should I keep with me when driving?

    You should have the following documents with you at all times when driving your vehicle:

    • Valid driving licence
    • Tax certificate
    • Registration certificate
    • PUC certificate
    • Insurance certificate
    • Fitness certificate

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News About Maharashtra Driving License

  • Nagpur Police sets up call centers for citizens

    Nagpur police have set up call centers for citizens following the directives of Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court. The independent call center at Control Room is aimed at helping citizens report traffic related grievances. Nagpur citizens can now contact the call center on the number 0712-2555566 or 0712-2555577. They can call the number if the traffic constables deployed at major squares are not performing their duty or are absent or in case of traffic congestion on thoroughfares. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Gajanan Rajmane stated in a press relase that wireless messages would be forwarded to officers concerned at the traffic branch soon after receiving complaints at the call center.  

    Once the complaint is being reported, the officers would conduct an inquiry into the matter and will take the required action against the traffic constables if found guilty of dereliction of duty. The DCP also added that if the complaint is found genuine, necessary action will be taken to resolve the issue at the earliest. Rajmane further informed that 161 traffic signals have been installed across the city. A total of 151 traffic constables have been deployed at 87 signals during the peak hours (9 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm) and 111 during non-peak hours. 

    28 March 2019

  • Traffic department in Nashik suspends 700 licenses

    700 driving license have been suspended by the traffic police of Nashik. The suspension of licenses is part of a major crackdown which has been conducted in the state of Maharashtra. The aim of the drive is to suspend unruly motorists from the road and bring down the number of accidents and fatalities that take place. The transport commissioner of Nashik, Shekhar Channe provided data about the drive on the occasion of the distribution of prizes to the top performers in the safety competition organised by Nashik First in association with Nashik RTO and police.  

    Channe who was the chief guest in the event said that the licenses will be suspended based on 6 violations that lead to mishap and fatalities on the road. These violations are rash driving, drink and drive, jumping traffic signals, riding without wearing a helmet and seatbelt, overloading the vehicle and talking on cell phone while driving the vehicle. As per Channe, 15,000 people die in Maharashtra in road accidents. The aim of the traffic police is to reduce traffic related deaths by more than 10% every year. There plans to include lessons about road safety in schools as well.  

    13 March 2019

  • 14,000 DLs suspended in Maharashtra

    In the last three months, as many as 14, 000 driving licenses (DLs) were suspended for up to six months in Maharashtra. As per Shekhar Channe, State Transport Commissioner the DLs were suspended for serious traffic offences like drink-driving, speeding and jumping signals. 

    Of the total number of DLs suspended, 4, 511 DLs which accounts for 32 per cent of the total number were in the Mumbai region. STC Channe added that 313 DLs were confiscated in the island city and 852 DLs in the suburbs. 

    For offences such as overloading of vehicles, clandestine vehicles on road, and talking on mobile phone while driving, drastic action was taken. Channe said that the action was being taken in view of road safety, as per the directives of the Supreme Court.  

    It needs to be mentioned here that last year, 7.71 lakh challans were issued for speeding. This was the highest number of challans issued by traffic police in the last four years. As many as 10, 300 motorists were challaned for drink-driving while 1.18 lakh were challaned for signal jumping. 

    12 March 2019

  • Individuals of Mumbai can very soon use Aadhaar card to get driving license

    As per reports, people living in Mumbai can very soon apply for a driving license, change in printed address, transfer of vehicles as well as carry out other related processes by using their Aadhaar card. This can be possible as the transport department of Maharashtra has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). As per the MoU, individuals can carry out the above mentioned processes by merely providing their Aadhaar details and need not fill up forms as was the case till date. An official of the transport department informed that it may take three to four months for the process to be made operational as they were still considering a couple of ways of authenticating the Aadhaar number of the applicants.

    6 March 2018

  • Nagpur Gets 37 New AMVIs In 3 RTOs

    Nagpur district will get 37 new AMVIs in their 3 RTOs(Regional Transport Office) as the state had recruited 700 new assistant motor vehicle inspectors to fight manpower deficiency. Apart from Nagpur, the state has also provided 151 AMVIs in other 10 districts such as Gadchiroli.

    The motor vehicle inspectors had approached Ravindra Bhuyar, the in charge deputy RTO to recruit more manpower as the work pressure increased. According to sources, the lack of MVIs and AMVIs made it difficult for them to concentrate on the enforcement part.

    18 August 2017

  • Maharashtra: RTO seeks help from police to crack down licence touts

    The regional transport offices (RTOs) in Maharashtra are seeking police's help to eliminate driver licence touts. People visiting the RTOs for licence related work are being fleeced by agents who are charging a huge fee for driver's license related services. Whether it's a new learner's licence, drivers licence, or for the renewal, people are being approached by agents who promise a faster turn-around and on-behalf of services for a higher fee. The RTO has been noticing these touts and complaints for more than a couple of years and has finally decided to involve the police to eliminate the unwanted nuisance.

    27 July 2017

  • Licence Suspension Recommended For Errant Motorists in Maharashtra

    The police in Maharashtra are looking at introducing a computerised system that would suspend driving licences of motorists who commit certain offences. Other measures such as counselling offenders, conducting educational campaigns in schools and colleges as well as conducting fitness tests for commercial and transport vehicles are some of the measures to be implemented to curb accidents.

    An official from the Transport Department stated that the driving licence test would be stricter so only deserving drivers are issued licences. A computerised system to judge motorists is currently being tested in Pimpri-Chinchwad, Pune and a few other districts.

    In addition, the police plan on implementing the suggestions of the Supreme Court panel on road safety in an attempt to reduce the number of accidents taking place in the state. Some of the recommendations include suspension of licences of motorists caught driving without a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving and driving while intoxicated.

    Making it mandatory for all transport vehicles to undergo a fitness test is another recommendation. This is currently only mandatory in Nashik, but there are plans to introduce it across the state.

    13 June 2017

  • Maharastra becomes the first state in India to get battery operated taxis

    The Government of Maharastra has clearly become the first state in India to introduce eco-friendly taxi that are powered by batteries. One of the largest taxi aggregators in India intends to launch several battery operated cabs in Nagpur. It is the hometown of Nitin Gadakari who is the Union Transport Minister at present. This particular move will be implemented on May 30, 2017 which marks the third anniversary of the Modi government. According to some other taxi companies, electric cabs are not yet affordable enough and come with long charging hours.

    The STA (State Transport Authority) stated that the battery operated (zero emission) vehicles will be used as eco-friendly cabs. The Khatua panel has been asked to decide the fare structure for these new battery operated cabs. As per the resolution provided by the State Transport Authority, only the hardtop battery run cars can be registered under e-taxi service. The seating capacity of these cars must be 5-6 and there should be substantial place for keeping luggage. The two battery run cars present in the market today are Mahindra E2O and Mahindra E-Verito. All of these cabs must have a diesel or petrol engine of 980cc.

    30 May 2017

  • Citizens face problems with the new website of the RTO

    In Pune, long queues were spotted in front of the RTO. This happened because the RTO just moved to a new website for issuing Driving Licences to the common mass. Previously their website was called sarathi.nic.in, whereas now it changed to parivahan.gov.in. The new website is also known as sarathi 4.0.

    Not only the people with appointments, but also the officials at the RTO had a tough time due to this change in the system. They were trying to provide the service as fast as they could with outdated workstations and slow server.

    18 May 2017

  • Maharashtra Transport Department Ties up with CSC

    The transport department of Maharashtra has tied up with CSC (common services centres) in several districts of the state to help in self-registration of motor driving licenses. Self-registration can be done online at any CSC. This step has been taken to stop touts at RTOs (Regional Transport Offices). People can visit any CSC and take the help of the facilitator there to fill forms and pay online. The government has finalised tie-ups with around 20,000 CSCs in 11 districts and the service has already been initiated in Aurangabad. Heads of the centres are being trained to operate the software by the transport department. People can visit CSC to register for a new license, duplicate license, learning license and to make badges.

    23 February 2017

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